Colour, Light and Contrast – The final piece

Colour, Light and Contrast

This work is based upon and is an interpretation of the Additive Primary Colours, RGB.  These colours, along with their secondary colours (MCY) make up pure white light.  this theory is based upon Newton’s theory that light is made up of colour, it isn’t a colourless medium.  The way we see colour can be explained by this theory; the chair appears blue as it absorbs all other colours of light and bounces the blue tone back at us.  Newton’s theory also examined the opposite of light, darkness – or an absence of light, objects are colourless in the absence of any light.  The work also works with Goethe’s theory of colour being formed through interaction of light and dark; yellow is darkened white while blue is lightened black.  Goethe’s ideas examine contrast and how varying the levels of light can affect the tone and appearance of colour.

Both these theories, along with the Additive Primary Colours are important to us as they help us to see and make sense of the world around us.  They are also important to us as photographers as it helps with developing images, whether on-screen or in the darkroom.

The image above was taken on the day we had to exhibit our work in the studio and is how I presented my work to the class.  I created a mobile and 3 painted canvases to try to explain the colour theory.  The writing above (in bold) is my Artist Statement which is visible below my work in the image.

I was quite happy with how my work turned out and how it looks on the wall.  I wish that I had decided what I was going to do sooner, and worked towards it in a better way than I did.  I feel that I was lost for a few weeks when I was mulling over what to do and just looking at images, reading text and trying to form an idea.  I’m not sure why it took so long for an idea to come to me, but i do remember feeling pretty daunted by the task set for us.

I’m not sure that this work is yet complete as I would like to add several more canvases and make a few more sculptures/mobiles to go along with it, and |I would like to see them all hung next to each other to see what it would look like complete.  I would also like to play around with size and scale and see what happens when I put large and small and micro together.

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